5 things to learn from Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones


Tyrion Lannister is the youngest child of Tywin, Lord of Casterly Rock and Warden of the West, and Joanna. He is mockingly called ‘The Imp’ and ‘The Halfman’.  He uses his wit and intellect to overcome the prejudice he faces as a dwarf. He accepts himself as he is, and has learned to use his wits to out talk and out think the bad people. His intelligence, excellent education and mind for strategies make up for his dwarfism.

He is one of my favourite characters in the show and Peter Dinklage  plays the character perfectly.

  • “Never forget who you are, for surely the world won’t.”You are who you are, and if you cannot change it, make it your strength. Tyrion has come to terms with his shortcomings and japes about his dwarfism do not affect him any longer. Your strengths can never be used to hurt you. Remember that.
  • “I have a realistic grasp of my own strengths and weaknesses. My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind… and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”Know your strengths and hone them. Do not waste time weeping for something that you do not have. Every person is good at something that the other might be bad at or vice versa. Find your qualities and work on them.
  • “As I said, I was young and stupid.”
    Tyrion’s experience of first love wasn’t pleasant. His father annulled his marriage to prostitute, Tysha, and ever since he has reciprocated Lord Tywin’s hatred with equal vigour. Although he is still hurt, but he doesn’t let himself be overcome with grief or hatred. So learn from your mistakes, think about how stupid you were, and then move on. Fast.
  • “I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples, bastards and broken things.”Be kind to the above mentioned.
  • “I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid.”
    Always pay your debts. 😉

Who is your favourite Game of Thrones character?


Money or Happiness?

This is possibly the toughest choice many face in their lives. Though some of you might not realize it. But many a time, in some way or the other you have probably relinquished your happiness for money, and less often, the other way around.

 And there are people who have been convincing themselves for so long that they start to believe what they are doing for money is their passion; when it’s really not. They have buried their real passion so deep, that they’ve almost completely forgotten about it.

And again, there are people who have yet to discover themselves. But time doesn’t wait for anybody. Especially here in India, where parents are such an influential source on a student, that they do what their parents want them to do, just to please them. This pleasing, unfortunately never ends. Just the merest mention that you want to do something that doesn’t pay as much as Engineering jobs, friend, you have just dropped an atom bomb on your house. And sometimes when you do not know what to do, you do what your friend is doing, and that in most cases is Engineering. A student in India is supposed to have a blue print of their life ready by 9th grade. And then, spend the next four years laboring to get into a good reputed university. Spending 8 hours at school, 5 hours at coaching, and another 3 studying. That’s already 16 hours! And people need 8 hours of sleep, minimum. And this is the time when you build your personality, when you discover yourself. But instead, you’re a hunched back from your heavy books. And with huge dark circles under your eye from lack of sleep. You never go out and socialize with people. You have insecurities and your confidence is at the gutter level. Is that how life is to be?

Going after either money or happiness is like getting away from the other at times. But if you are the kind who has them both, friend, you are probably one the luckiest people alive.

Here is a Venn diagram that illustrates what I’m saying in the best way possible.


#WIN seems kind of impossible to happen, right?

Money is essential. It’s a need, and in some way even more important than your happiness. Happiness cannot buy food, that sedan car, or pay for your bills. And everybody wants to be a respectable fellow in the society.

But happiness… you have one life to live right? Why do something you hate? Why not do something that brings you happiness? Well, maybe, you won’t earn as much. And maybe you won’t have a luxurious life as your friend or your sibling does. But if you’re happy, somehow that won’t matter. You will wake up every morning happy and not think of your job as a chore, it’ll be playtime for you. And you’ll love every minute of it. You’d be a better human being.

And when you’re hard working and really passionate about what you do, success will come knocking at your door. Just have a bit of patience. Everything boils down to self-belief, hard work, and passion.

There will be hard times, but no great man has never had hard times. It’s because they believed in themselves and were not swayed by hardships that came their way, did they reach where they are today.

If I was given a choice between the both, I’d choose happiness in the blink of an eye. And I am choosing happiness over money. Sure there are hardships for me in the future, but I’m ready to meet them head-on.

What would you choose? Consider carefully.

-Love, Nikhitha

Can you say a firm no?

It was the last lecture of the day. I was relieved and frustrated at the same time. The last hour at school is probably the hardest. You feel filthy from all the sweat and stickiness left on your skin. And you cannot wait to go home, take a nice refreshing bath and a nap in your AC or water cooler room finally. But my class is cursed with probably the scariest and most widely hated subject (not to me though) – Mathematics, on the last hours of school.

Last period, Math, and a boring chapter. Worst combination ever! Being the cheeky teens we are, we (the whole class) begged him not to teach anything that day. And surprisingly enough, he consented. Whoa, right?

But, the thing with teachers is that they cannot sit idle for a second. Instead of teaching complex numbers, he decided to give us a few life lessons which was inspiring, well, at least for an hour.

Now I’ll tell you this thing about us, teens. We are inspired and motivated so damn quickly. And we forget about it even quicker. But the successful person is someone who can hold the inspiration in. Someone who can see it to the end. Like the true mark of a writer is someone who finishes the story. Starting is something many can do. That’s where most people balk.

Gr, I get so off topic. So, my maths teacher said a few things that struck me. Hard enough to make me think about them still (12 hours later), that’s no easy feat, buddy. So, long lecture short, here are the main points.

  • Personality is everything. Building a positive and confident personality should figure highest in your list of priorities.
  • Be optimistic. Always.
  • And lastly, learn to say no.

The third point, hit home, probably because I’d been through that situation just a few days ago. I’d said a firm no, and held it. Nothing swayed me, not her thousand pleas. I was feeling goddamn proud of it.

He asked, “Can you say no to something if your friends plead you for it?”

And I saw so many of my classmates shaking their heads (especially girls), it was crazy.

But remember, there’s a place and time to be stubborn. Learning to say yes to the positive things in life is important as well. Maybe, even more so.

Well, that’s about it. Have a nice day.

– Nikhitha